School reopened after the summer vacation. Now I was in standard VII and a large number of of books had been added to the school library. Prominent among them were translated versions of abridged editions of all time western classics like Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, The Three Musketeers, Time Machine, Animal Farm, Treasure Island and many more. Each book was a page turner. There being no provision for a librarian, our class teacher doubled up as the librarian. Sometime, he became irritated and sometimes happy that every day I finished one book and asked for another.
However, among all those un-put-down-able books, what stood out were the series on Sherlockc Holmes.
In fact when it comes to un-put-down-able, what comes to my mind first are the genre of thriller or detective books.
But, other than Sherlock Holmes, I hardly read any book of suspense or detective genre. Written by Arthur Connan Doyle, the stories of Sherlock Holmes have been an evergreen fascination. I have read the stories, seen the movies and TV serials over and over again.
However, the book that I have found the most griping is ‘Silence of the Lambs’ by Thomas Harris.
I came across the book in our office library way back in 199o. After reading the first chapter, there was no way I was going to stop there. Standing there in front of of the book rack I must have finished five or six chapters till the librarian called to say that it was closing time.
I borrowed the book. As far as I remember other than essential breaks for bodily needs I did not sleep till I finished the book.
I do not wish to divulge anything about the contents of the book so as to spare the prospective reader of any preconceived idea. That is how one enjoys a thriller the best. Like I did. Had I read any review, any gist or any thing about the book , or even the fact that it has been a best seller, it would have definite affected my reading experience. (Once you read a book knowing that it is a best seller your expectations would be high)
However I would like to say this much that even though the story and its characters are interesting, what makes the book unputdowanable is perhaps the way the author has arranged the contents and divided the chapters whereby one is naturally drawn to the next chapter just to find out what happens next. I am yet to find such a gripping thriller.
Subsequently, when in 1991 the novel was made into a movie, it bagged a number of Oscars and became a huge commercial success like the book. I watched the movie and enjoyed it. But, the thrilling and gripping experience that I got when I first read the book has remained unmatchable so far.
(In response to Indispire#157 at Indiblogger)